spice extract relieves depression as effectively as key pharmaceuticals...

Antidepressants are among the drug industry's biggest sellers with more than 1 in 10 Europeans taking such medications as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Celexa. But these drugs are expensive, don't work for all patients, and can have serious negative side effects.

Dr. Goel, director of epigenetics and cancer prevention at Baylor University Medical Center, confirmed in his clinical trial that curcumin is nearly as powerful as Prozac, when it comes to easing depression symptoms. The study enlisted three groups of 20 volunteers suffering depression - One took 500 milligrams of curcumin twice a day; the second was given Prozac; and the third received a combination of the two.

After six weeks, the team evaluated the depression symptoms of the patients evaluating mood, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, agitation, anxiety, weight loss, and other factors. The results showed the spice compound had roughly the same beneficial impact as Prozac on the patients.

He concluded - "These antidepressants, they are fine if you're taking them for a short time, but as you know depression is a chronic disease so the problem happens when you take these antidepressants for a long time," he says. "And when you do that you put yourself at risk for developing side effects and toxicity. By contrast, the turmeric spice is a natural, non-toxic compound, even at high doses.”

» More Health Bites... click here